NEWTOWN, PA (September 29, 2016)—Athornia Steele, former chair of the Law School Admission Council’s Board of Trustees, has been named as the interim president of LSAC by the current chair, Susan L. Krinsky. He is filling the position that President Dan Bernstine held until he passed away suddenly last week.
Professor Steele has a long history with the Council. Since 1995, he has been an active volunteer on many of LSAC’s standing committees, subcommittees, and work groups. Prior to serving as LSAC’s Board chair from 2013 through 2015, he had been a member of the Board since 2005. He was also a member of the 2006–2007 President/Executive Director’s Search Committee, which culminated in the selection of Dan Bernstine as president. Professor Steele had a long relationship with Dan Bernstine and has spent time at LSAC’s headquarters in Newtown, PA. He also has deep and longstanding relationships with many of the representatives of the Council’s member law schools.
Professor Steele earned his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in 1977 and began his law career as assistant attorney general in the office of the Ohio attorney general, following a clerkship in that office while in law school. He began his academic career as an assistant professor of law at Capital University and was later promoted to associate professor. He held the post of visiting associate professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. He subsequently became a full professor at Capital and, following a period as interim associate dean, he was named associate dean and then interim dean. He served as the dean at Nova Southeastern from 2008 until 2013.
Professor Steele has also been active with the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association.
Dean Krinsky will appoint a search committee to begin the process of hiring a new president of LSAC.